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Opinion Pieces Examine Role Of Private Sector Investment In Global Health

The following opinion pieces were published Saturday as the World Economic Forum, held last week in Davos, Switzerland, came to a close. Dagfinn Hoybraten, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “There’s a growing and welcome awareness that the world’s biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well,” Hoybraten, vice president of…

In Fight Against Hunger, 6 Principles To Increase Resilience In Food-Insecure Communities

“As we grow more interconnected, a range of complex risks, including climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conflict, and food and fuel price volatility, are exacerbating the challenges faced by vulnerable communities,” Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP); José Graziano da Silva, director general of…

Have Scientists Thoroughly Addressed Avian Flu Research Concerns?

Noting that researchers recently lifted a nearly yearlong moratorium on H5N1 avian influenza research, put in place “because of safety and terrorism concerns,” a New York Times editorial states, “We wish we could be as sanguine as they are that all the earlier concerns have been dealt with.” The editorial…

Polio Eradication Must Fit Into Larger Public Health, Development Goals

“The tragic murders of nine anti-polio workers in Pakistan last month, followed by the New Year’s Day killing of seven more local community development workers, was both a wake-up call to the global polio eradication effort in its current form, and a ‘canary in the mine’ regarding the deteriorating state…

Opinion Pieces Address Launch Of ‘IF Campaign’ Against Global Hunger

A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups on Wednesday launched the IF campaign, aimed at addressing global hunger. The following is a summary of opinion pieces published in response to the campaign’s launch. Jon Ashworth, Huffington Post U.K.’s “Politics” blog: “Significantly, this campaign — ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ –…

Obama Should ‘Cement His Legacy On Global Development’ In Second Term

President Obama “has made some good headway [on foreign aid] in his first term, producing the government’s first global development policy and an innovative new policy on disaster resilience, launching new efforts to combat global hunger, supporting reforms to the U.S. Agency for International Development and committing to greater aid…

Increased Resources Needed To Continue Progress Lowering Child Mortality Rates

“The last decade has seen extraordinary progress with child mortality rates coming down significantly all over the world. Yet 6.9 million children still die each year, most from preventable causes,” Raymond Chambers, founder and co-chair of Malaria No More and the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, writes in a…

International Community Must Harness Funds Needed To Control Infectious Diseases

“I think the most special thing about our current time is the incredible opportunity that scientific advances have provided in the field of global health, giving us the ability to completely control highly dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund…

Commentaries Examine Aid Community’s Expectations As President Obama Begins Second Term

Noting “Barack Obama’s second term as president of the United States officially began on Sunday,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog highlights “a series of guest commentary by non-profit leaders” that examine what the aid community expects from Obama in the next four years. According to the blog, the commentaries touch “on…